Why a hike in house tax now, say residents in Dehradun – ET RealEstate

DEHRADUN: An additional tax burden hangs on the heads of homeowners in the state, after the cash-strapped state government announced it will charge house tax based on circle rates. Doon mayor Sunil Uniyal Gama has promised to initially relax the hike for homeowners, but residents are unhappy.

The new house tax will be based on width of adjoining road, distance from main road, type of colony and amenities offered.

As per existing circle rates, the maximum tax in the city will be charged from properties located between Clock Tower and RTO office on Rajpur road, where circle rates are as high as Rs 50,000 per sqm.

Doon Residents Welfare Front president Mahesh Bhandari said, “Hike in house tax when people are yet to recover from financial losses incurred during the pandemic will crush us. DMC should focus on cent per cent house tax collection from existing residential and commercial properties instead of hiking rates.”

Rajpur road resident R K Solanki said, “We bought this property ages ago. Back then, we didn’t know circle rates here would rise this much. But even after paying hiked house taxes, what additional benefits will residents get? Authorities should talk about this as well.”

There are 44 localities which are likely to have low house tax rates, where circle rate is Rs 10,000 per sqm (Rs 24,000/sqm for multi-storey flats). These localities include Ajabpur Kala, Bindal road, Indresh Nagar, Prem Nagar, Kargi Grant, Niranjanpur and Brahmawala, etc.

DMC has also extended the date for availing 20% rebate on house tax till February 20. This year, the civic body had kept Rs 50 crore as its collection target, of which, Rs 22 crore is already in the kitty.



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